Saturday, March 8, 2014
The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak
4.0 out of 5 stars - "Some dreams... cannot be abandoned without losing part of your soul."
Fascinating historical fiction describing the turbulent times in Russia with Empress Elizabeth on the throne and young Princess Sophie, aged 14, newly arrived from Germany circa 1743-1764.The court is seen and described through the eyes of a young bookbinder's daughter who later becomes a "tongue" and companion for the frail child who ultimately secures the Russian throne as Catherine the Great.
Eager to start the sequel. Mostly inspired to read these books because of the recent Olympics events in Russia. Seeing the beautiful countryside and the grand palaces made me curious and inspired, once again, the researcher in me. I loved the details about life at court and the descriptions of the palace and customs.